Ones in a Lifetime is Connecting the World, ONE PEACE at a Time

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For almost 93 years, since the end of World War 1 with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, generations have sought the elusive goal of world peace. Ones in a Lifetime has identified converging trends in communication technology and social media, which may bring that goal within clear sight of our generation.

Ones in a Lifetime

"Connecting the World, ONE PEACE at a Time"

On 11/11/11 at 11:11:11 the time and date are all "1." This historic moment was the inspiration for the Ones in a Lifetime endeavor, to celebrate on a global scale that which makes us all common; that like that time and date, we are all "1" in our humanity. While building this celebration, members identified four general ingredients necessary for peace; Wellness (Nutrition and Medicine), Connection/Communication, Education, and Opportunity. Without all of these key ingredients in place, peace is unattainable and unsustainable. The Ones in a Lifetime website has features relating to all the key ingredients, but has identified one of them which has changed significantly in recent years, which has brought the possibility of world peace within sight of this generation.

Advances in communication technology and social media have converged to create a condition that did not exist even as recently as 2-3 years ago. This convergence and resultant change has been a major factor in the "Arab Spring", where persons from each nation connected, communicated, and coordinated in a manner that permitted internal change in a significant way. Ones in a Lifetime has built these advances into their endeavor in a way that is connecting the world through individuals and organizations, providing a platform for understanding and synergistic effect.

"The website now features a video/audio chat feature as well as typed chat technology that provides translation up to 50 languages in real time. In this way, a member in the USA can chat with a member in China, and bypass language barriers," said founder Dan Shutt. "With video-chat, members can share their culture and surroundings with others from different cultures, thereby removing prejudices, diminishing mistrust, and forging friendships in a way that the pen-pal process of old never could."

But the connections go beyond just individuals. As this endeavor has grown, other organizations and foundations have been included in key affiliations, and many more are being added between now and the event. Organizations like Peace Week, Peace One Day, Painters for Peace, and the United Nations Culture of Peace Initiative, among many others, have been engaged in the endeavor, and by working together the impact of each is magnified many times over. Ones in a Lifetime plans to use the event on 11/11/11 as the "Grand Opening" celebration of a much greater endeavor which will continue to grow into the future. Comprised of individuals, organizations, sponsors, and affiliates, a platform is provided to enable connection, planning, and coordination to make the peace process most efficient.

In a world full of bad news and troubled times, the Ones in a Lifetime event offers a moment of global celebration and optimism. Features of the site are free for all members, and membership itself is free. By offering a dynamic environment, rich with features and interaction technology, Ones in a Lifetime is truly connecting the world, one peace at a time. For more details, please use contact information on the site.

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